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Feb 11, 2011 8:30pm PST
character, characterize president obama's moves in handling the egyptian cries. a, sure footed. b, flatfooted. c, wrong footed. d, none of the above? e, all of the above? >> a, b and c. >> that's all of the above. >> except for d! >> we go out the side door. >> he was cautious, in a rapidly changing situation, and there was fancy foot work there. and he comes out -- fancy footwork at the end and he looks pretty good, yes. >> really? >> well, i disagree. i this he was all over the map. you had some catastrophic situations where the director of national intelligence says the muslim brotherhood is largely secular, huge mistake. had he the king of saudi arabia calling him to the president of the united states, and he ran our c.i.a. director getting information from fox news, for crying out loud. this is not reflect very well on this administration. >> what do they say to him. >> abdullah had a very -- pretty frank, frank and brutal conversation saying do not humiliate your long stalwart ally of 30 years! >> i think obama did well within egypt, okay? but in terms of the rest of the ara
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Feb 4, 2011 5:30pm PST
top egyptian officials today. and president obama talked of a transition that begins now. he spoke after meeting with canadian prime minister stephen harper at the white house. >> i believe that president mubarak care bses history country, he is crowd but he is also a patriot. and what i have suggested to him is that he needs to consult with those who are around him in his government. he needs to listen to what's being voiced by the egyptian people. and make a judgement about a pathway forward that is orderly. but that is meaningful and serious can. and i believe that he's already said that he's to the going to run for re-election. this is somebody whose's been in power for a very long time in egypt. having made that psychological break, that decision that he will not be running again, i think the most important for him to ask himself, for the egyptian government to ask itself as well as the opposition to ask itself is how do we make that transition effective, and lasting and legitimate. and as i said before, that's not a decision ultimately the united states makes or any country o
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Feb 15, 2011 5:30pm PST
. president obama made the case today for his 2012 budget, and called on both parties to prepare for tough decisions about social security, medicare and medicaid. >> ifill: and i'm gwen ifill. on the newshour tonight, on capitol hill, republicans called for slashing this year's spending. david chalian walks us through the politics of today's debate. >> woodruff: and we talk to freshman senator and tea party leader rand paul, who says neither party is going far enough. >> i don't think we're on a path towards balancing the budget. we're not a path towards reducing the debt. we're on a path towards exploding the debt on both sides, democrat and republican. >> ifill: then, we look at the ripple effect from egypt's uprising, as protesters take to the streets in bahrain and yemen. >> woodruff: jeffrey brown zeroes in on the moves by the government of iran to crack down on demonstrators. >> ifill: betty ann bowser tells the story of a colorado clinic helping diabetes patients stave off the devastating consequences of the disease. >> we're winning the war because we see less long-term compl
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Feb 7, 2011 5:30pm PST
negotiations aimed at ending the uprising. >> brown: then we look at president obama's outreach to corporate america in a speech to the u.s. chamber of commerce. >> but i want to be clear. even as we make america the best place on earth to do business, businesses also have a responsibility to america. >> ifill: judy woodruff talks to actress and playwright anna deveare smith about her one- woman play on facing the end of life. >> i say that it is about the vulnerability of the human body, the resilience of the spirit, the price of care. >> brown: and we examine aol's big buy of the web site the huffington post, with arianna huffington and aol chief tim armstrong. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> breathe in. breathe out. as volatile as markets have been lately, having the security of a strong financial partner certainly lets you breathe easier. for more than 140 years pacific life has helped millions of americans build a secure financial future. wouldn't it be nice to take a deep breath and relax? your fina
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Feb 18, 2011 11:00pm PST
see if it holds is the coalition between the clintons and president obama. that is to me the key political fact in the country, that coalition. if that weren't there, hillary clinton f she were still senator of this state up in new york would be the lightning rod for every middle east problem, every economic problem. she would be the way ted kennedy was back with jimmy carter. the party would be split. and the fact that it is not split i think is key to its success, and its possibility of winning a significant re-election. if they weren't united as they are, i don't think they would be winning next time. >> rose: do you think if she was in the senate now. >> the things that have happened she might be positions herself to challenge. >> not to challenge but even if she didn't, she would be positioned to inevitably play the role of critic because it would just come to her it would be the automatic role for somebody like that. and as it is, because she's part of the team and done this perfect job so far, bill clinton's part of the team, it's really that, i don't know if i said this b
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Feb 9, 2011 11:00pm PST
so fascinating is that while president obama has faced foreign policy changes before, afghanistan, north korea, this is the first one that is coming at this whitehouse in real time. where they're having to adjust their rhetoric and positions to events they really can't control. they're missing a whole lot of leverage. what i find most fascinating in my most recent conversations with whitehouse officials who are dealing with this, is that they now recognize that the american aid to egypt which is $1.5 a year isn't much leverage. much is in military equipment and most of the jobs back here. their real leverage at this point is the fact that the protesters still keep coming out in the street including today at the beginning of the rolling strikes around the country. and so now the obama administration finds itself in the odd position that in order to get to that stability that they cherish and to get to the elections that they need to have and the constitutional reforms, they really need the protesters to stay out on the street. they need to foment a good deal of instability in order
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Feb 14, 2011 6:30pm PST
time for 200 please. >> here we go. bram... pack animals? >> what is obama's lamb as. >> obama's lamas. that's what this category is all about. >> reporter: it amazed me how watson gets all the jokes the word play and the puns that are hallmarks of jeopardy. and watson gets smarter with each answer. >> it learns based on the right answers how to adjust its interpretation. and now from not being confident, it starts to get more confident in the right answers. >> watson surprises snu. >> absolutely. in fact, you know, people say why did he get that wrong? i don't know. >> reporter: computers that rern, understand and even surprise us? what could go wrong with that? >> do you read me? do you read me, hal? >> affirmative, dave. i read you. >> reporter: oh, yeah. there is that. a machine that becomes a psychopathic murderer. >> open the doors for me, al. >> i'm sorry, dif. i'm afraid wra do that. >> artificial intelligence can be destructive. it's already used in our weapons. we have smart weapons. we sent a missile across the world. it intelligently navigates and makes its own decisions. t
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Feb 7, 2011 11:00pm PST
departure of president hosni mubarak. the obama administration has been struggling to keep pace with the rapidly changing events. secretary of state hillary clinton told a european security conference on saturday those of us who are trying to make helpful offers of assistance and suggestions for how to proceed are still at the end on the outside looking in. joining me now by phone from cairo is "new york times" columnist in roger cohen. >> thank you, charlie. >> rose: so tell me where we are at this monday late night in cairo. >> well, today the government, president hosni mubarak, seemed to be reasserting control, at least to some degree. cairo had an air of greater normalcy. there was more traffic, banks open at least for a couple of hours and the government immediately put through a 15% pay rise, the government workers, in an attempt to calm things. but the protests atta rear square continue with many, many thousands of people still in the square and the standoff remains. the protestors who insist that hosni mubarak, president of 30 years, must go now and mubarak seemingly increasingl
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Feb 23, 2011 5:30pm PST
... president obama spoke about the african union speaking with the same voice of the other organizations, that was the key. so we have to look forward to see what the african leaders will do to unify their position with the europeans and the americans more than the arab countries for qaddafi, for the world mind, the idea of the world is he has what the africans would say. it's more important than the others. >> brown: maurice owe molinari, charles cup chin, tom malinowski thank you very much. >> thank you. >> ifill: the obama administration reversed course today when it announced it will no longer defend in court a federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. attorney general eric holder's letter to house speaker john boehner read: "the president and i have concluded that classifications based on sexual orientation warrant heightened scrutiny..." and banning recognition for legally married same sex couples is unconstitutional. at the white house today, press secretary jay carney stopped short of endorsing gay marriage outright. >> the president's personal view on same
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Feb 9, 2011 10:00pm PST
you're getting a consistent message from washington and do you feel at this point that the obama administration is standing behind your government's view that president mubarak and vice president suleiman should manage this process? >> the first four or five days it was confusing message and i was often angry. but through discussions with the administration i think now we have an administration that understands exactly the difficulties of the situation and the dangers and the risks that are entailed in a rush towards chaos without end. so the administration's message now is much better. >> warner: so what is at stake now for the u.s./egypt relationship? do you think that however this turns out it's been unalterably changed? >> it shouldn't. we have to maintain a good relationship and we have to work together egypt and the united states for a simple reason. the united states is the global power. the major power in the world. but egypt is one of the most important if not the most important arab country in the arab region. then we have to help egypt in order to regain its status and
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Feb 17, 2011 11:00pm PST
anymore and the obama administration and the governments of europe have already shown that they have now in the past couple of months a better understanding of the social and political dynamics of this region. so for the king to now pretend that foreigners are influencing or are the sort of agents provocateur of this uprising i don't think anybody's going to buy that. >> rose: what do they want from outside forces like the united states? >> not a whole lot. not a whole lot. the other thing that's common with these kids is that throughout their lives they've seen the u.s. as an enabling force. a government that enables their desperation, that enables their despots to rule over them. so they're not terribly fond of this. on the other hand, they don't have a sort of visceral animosity to americans. the one thing that we have not seen, two months of protests across the arab world, how many american flags were burned? >> rose: none that i saw. >> exactly. how many times was the effigy of an american president hung from a tree? none. so that tells you that there is an opportunity for the u
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Feb 17, 2011 5:30pm PST
. >> lehrer: and now to our continuing coverage of president obama's budget proposal unveiled this week and to judy woodruff. >> woodruff: up with of the most prominent criticisms of the president's budget from friend and foe alike is that it does little to address the long-term structural fiscal problems contributing to the nation's deficit and $14 trillion debt. even president obama himself acknowledged at his news conference sunday that more has to be done. he said it won't get done without both parties working together. our guests are attempting to do precisely that. republican senator sax by chambliss of georgia and mark warner, democrat of virginia, are heading up an effort to tackle the hardest fiscal challenges. senators, thank you both for being with us. senator warner, to you first. i assume you agree these are the hardest challenges. if so, why are you taking this on? >> well, judy, i think the question is not if we're going to do deficit reduction and take on the national debt, it's only a question of when are we going to do in the a bipartisan orderly way that will giv
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Feb 13, 2011 10:00am PST
lucky severson in washington. >>> in other news, president obama named 12 prominent religious and community leaders to be part of his advisory council on faith-based and neighborhood partnerships. of those whose religious affiliations were identified, all were christians or jews. the white house says more names may be forthcoming. the term of the previous 25-member council expired almost a year ago. the group advises the administration on issues of particular interest to the faith community. >>> house republicans unveiled their proposals for deep new cuts in the federal budget, and religious groups had mixed reactions. the proposed package includes scaling back on many domestic and foreign aid programs. several faith-based groups raised concerns about the impact on poor people both in the u.s. and around the world. religious groups were divided over the push to eliminate funding for family planning programs. >>> also in washington, relatives of seven iranian baha'i leaders currently in prison in iran lobbied for the release of their family members. the seven baha'i men and women w
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Feb 10, 2011 6:30pm PST
same time, voices backing for the democratic aspirations of the egyptian people. barack obama has pushed the government in cairo to make meaningful changes, while warning that a sudden shift could bring chaos. >> the revolution began on january 25. tens of thousands of egyptians took to the street, fed up with president hosni mubarak's regime. the police cracked down. scores of people died or were injured. but the people were undeterred and returned the next day. hundreds, thousands, the streets of cairo teamed with protesters. then the military intervened. demonstrators welcomed them with cheers and applause, hoping for protection from the police and security forces. the army said it would refrain from using force, but it did send several fighter jets to sweep low over tahrir square. people prayed for the victims of the brutal crackdown on for their own safety. the death toll was now in the hundreds. the protesters refused to give ground. tahrir square remains the center of the uprising. hundreds of thousands gathered ththe on february 1. people of all walks of life. demonstratin
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Feb 10, 2011 10:00pm PST
demands will be met today." it was all being closely watched by u.s. officials, from president obama on down. he spoke in marquette, michigan, before the mubarak announcement. >> but what is absolutely clear is that we are witnessing history unfold. it's a moment of transformation that's taking place because people of egypt are calling for change. they've turned out in extraordinary numbers representing all ages and all alks of life but it's young america will continue to do all we can to support orderly and genuine transition to democracy in egypt. >> brown: the drama involving mubarak's future came as labor strikes spread around the country threatening egypt's economy from postal and electrical workers to professional groups. for the first time, doctors in their white lab coats and lawyers in business suits mixed with the mass of protesters today in cairo's tahrir square. >> ( translated ): we are here to express our solidarity with the youth and with the revolution of change. we ask hosni mubarak that if he loves egypt, he should leave and avoid the bloodshed of the youth. >> brow
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Feb 1, 2011 11:00pm PST
will the egyptian people accept it? hours after president mubarak spoke, president obama had this to say. >> what i indicated tonight to president mubarak, it's my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now. further more, the process must include a broad spectrum of egyptian voices and opposition parties. it should lead to elections that are free and fair. >> rose: joining me on the phone from cairo is david kirkpatrick. he is a cairo bureau chief of the "new york times" and i'm very pleased to have him with us on this day. >> good to be here. >> rose: tell me about this day. >> it's really been a day like nothing i've ever experienced before in my life. i have to start the story a little bit earlier. yesterday. yesterday we weren't sure whether today was going to be a celebration or a bloodbath. it looked like the mubarak government was moving back into cairo and the other big cities their security police, which is a special paramilitary force mainly to control the people, not to fight crime. and that they'd been pulled out of th
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Feb 3, 2011 11:00pm PST
something about the obama administration and how they see their interest here >> first of all, as you know, i have supported the obama administration's foreign policy and i want them to succeed. i'm concerned that there is a danger of confusion confusing the process by wch the change of government stays in place with a contest that has to take place after this. i do not think the administration will be in a position to put itself at the head of the true democratic parade around the world baby becoming too involved in the process of changing the governmental structure of egypt. in fact, i believe that if the process of changing the government is structured, it's not well-conducted. the more important contest that will come afterwards when the non-democratic and anti-democratic forces begin to organize each other will become much more difficult to contest. right now the radical and extremist and jihadist forces want somebody to create the democratic space so that they can afterwards pursue their objectives, many of which are against our interests and in the process of moving towards a d
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Feb 8, 2011 10:00pm PST
trial for blasphemy. president obama has revived his call to build a high-speed rail system at a cost of $53 billion over six years. the goal would be developing trains that travel up to 250 miles an hour. the program would also tie existingail lines to new projects. vice president biden announced the effort today in philadelphia. if we do not take this step now, if we do not seize the future, you tell me, you tell me how america is going to have the opportunity to lead the world economy in the 21st century like we did in the 20th? we cannot settle. we're determined to lead again. and this is the beginning of our effort to once again seize the future. >> sreenivasan: the initial $8 billion in spending is part of the president's budget for the coming fiscal year. it's being released next monday. on wall street, trading was relatively light, but stocks still managed another advance. the dow jones industrial average gained 71 points to close at 12,233. the nasdaq rose 13 points to close at 2797. a new breast cancer study could trigger a major change in treatment. researchers found t
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Feb 24, 2011 11:00pm PST
obama administration says the defensive marriage act is unconstitutional and will longer defend the anti-gay marriage law in court. the in libya, pro-democracy protesters take over eastern parts of libya, despite a bloody crackdown by colonel muammar gaddafi. we will get a report from correspondent anjali kamat. >> the onlyope is that more and more people in effect and join the anti-gaddafi forces and i think that is what people are really hoping for and hoping the example of benghazi and what they're calling the liberated east will stand as a example and people under gaddafi's control will
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Feb 3, 2011 10:00pm PST
year. that's a 20% reduction to levels in place before president obama took office. republicans campaigned on cutting $100 billion in current spending. but they've acknowledged that won't be possible since the budget year is already four months old. the chairman of the federal reserve warned congress and the president today to get serious about the deficits. ben bernanke said it is critical to a strong economic recovery. he also told a senate hearing that growth this year will not be strong enough to help the unemployed. >> it will be several years before the unemployment rate has returned to a more normal level. until we see a sustained period of stronger job creation, we cannot consider the recovery to be truly established. >> sreenivasan: the latest unemployment numbers will come tomorrow. but today, the labor department reported first-time claims for jobless benefits fell last week. wall street made modest gains on the news today. the dow jones industrial average added 20 points to close at 12,062. the nasdaq rose four points to close near 2,754. in haiti today, election off
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Feb 25, 2011 8:30pm PST
, president obama was silent on the libyan crisis, late on wednesday mr. obama broke his silence with carefully chosen words. >> first, we are doing everything we can to protect american citizens. and it's my highest priority. in a volatile situation like this one, it's imperativthe nations and people of the world speak with one voice, and that that has been our focus. the entire world is watching. >> question, what is the reason why president obama has been hesitant to speak out against gaddafi and. >> it was very weak statement, john. but the reason he's been hesitant to speak is there's 6,000 americans, something like that, as of friday still in that country in various places. gov a maniac responsible for the lockerbie massacre. he could attempt reprisals against americans, shooting of americans, and hostage taking and althe rest. but this crisis, john, gaddafi is approaching his end right now, and in my view lot of people are pushing for american intervention. if anybody's going to go into stop a massacre going on or start using poison gas, it ought to be a nato operation and the
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Feb 4, 2011 8:30pm PST
least eight people have died and 900 injured. here in the united states president obama asked mubarak to abc indicate now. >> what is clear and what i indicated tonight to president mubarak is my belief an orderly transition must be meaningful, egypt's overall military budget. question, president obama urges president mubarak to leave office at once. what is president obama's rational for pushing him over the brink? >> the obama administration got out in front and it got too far out in front, john. all that violence occurred wednesday, the obama administration has been caught flat flood in the tide has beguto turn in favor of the government. mubarak's guys are in the streets, they've indicated they'll fight to defend him. the army stayed neutral. the israelis and saudis came out and said the americans are undercutting, stabbing mubarak in the back, an old friend, throwing him seemed to indicate that he wants to be there when the next president is inaugurated, and as of now there is no way in my judgment those protestors without the help of the army can remove president mubarak if he d
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Feb 11, 2011 6:30pm PST
old system and bring it back -- >> kareem, please stand by. we're going live to president obama who is making a statement. >> it's a beginning. i'm sure there will be difficult days ahead and many questions remain unanswered. but i am confident that the people of egypt can find the answers and do so peacefully, constructively, and in the spirit of unity thatas defined these last few weeks. for gyptians have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day. the military has served patriotically and responsibly as a caretaker to the state and will have to ensure a transition that is credible in the eyes of the egyptian people, which means protecting the rights of the egyptian citizens, lifting the emergency law, reviving the constitution and other laws to make this change irreversible and laying out a clear path to elections that are fair and free. above all, this transition must bring all of egypt's voices to the table. for the spirit of peaceful protests and perseverance that the egyptian people have shown can serve as a powerful wind at the back of this cha
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Feb 4, 2011 11:00pm PST
, president suharto. if you look at obama's first memoir there is quite searing accounts of his stepfather talking to him about this being a land of cruelty where weak people are killed by strong people. and you can konl imagine the young obama listening to this. >> rose: finally this evening we go from he lipt-- egypt to the american economy with austan goolsbee. we close this evening by looking ahead at sunday's super bowl with boomer. max rodenbeck, david ignatius, miguele dunne, austan goolsbee when we continue. funding for charlie rose was provided by the following: to have more exposure to the arts. maybe you want to provide meals for the needy. or maybe you want to help when the unexpected happens. whatever you want to do, members project from american express can help you take the first step. vote, volunteer, or donate for the causes you believe in at membersproject.com. take charge of making a difference. additional funding provided by these funders: captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. . >> rose: it is the 11th day o
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Feb 26, 2011 12:00pm PST
in a move this week with implications for the 2012 presidential race, the obama administration says it will no longer defend the defense of marriage act or doma. the act defines marriage as only available to a man and a woman. it denies marriage based federal benefits to same sex married couples. u.s. attorney general holder deems the 15-year-old federal law unconstitutional. the decision is caution quite a stir on capitol hill with some republicans calling it political. during his 2008 presidential campaign, president obama said he did not support the right of gay couples to marry. and now he reveals his position on the issue constantly evolving. same sex marriage is legal in five states and the district of columbia. genevieve wood, what if any effect will this have on the presidential race in 2012? >> well, despite president obama being an evolving president on this nowhere were voters have the opportunity to state level have they voted to redefine marriage. i think he is on the opposite side of voters. >> and i think it is more of an issue as to whether or not this will come up a
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Feb 12, 2011 12:00pm PST
obama gets frank about her family's faith. then, new research hones in on why so few women pursue careers in math and science. behind the headlines: why every little girl wants to be a princess. >> hello, i'm bonnie erbe. welcome to "to the contrary," a discussion of news and social trends from diver perspectives. up first, the first family and religion. some americans want the obamas to set the record straight about their religious beliefs and practices. this week mrs. obama said the first family participates in church and has a spiritual life. she also said the president prays daily and often consults ministers by phone. but mrs. obama would not disclose whether she has a spiritual adviser. despite many proclamations about beinchristian, president obama's religion has been debated nationally since he became a canned kate date for national office. just last summer, one in five americans believed he was a muslim and close to half of americans were unsure about the president's religious beliefs. only 34% believed the president is christian. at the annual national prayer breakfast e
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Feb 16, 2011 6:30pm PST
in germany, and he is currently in washington for tks with officials from the obama administration. he spoke to us earlier from there. i asked him what germany and europe could do to support these democratic movements in the tunisian, egypt, and elsewhere. >> i think it is now necessary that we strengthen, and we have decreed institutions which allow the people of tunisia and egypt to decide about their own fate, about their own future in a democratic way. this means that time is needed for ganing new polical parties and in the wider spectrum of secular opposition and a secular political parties can help to establish these parties through our political foundations. in germany, all the political parties have political foundations. so we can cover the whole political spectrum from the left to the right and vice versa. we could also help in an economic way, because there are big economic problems in tunisia and egypt well. if we open the european markets more broadly and agricultural products from tunisia and egypt, this might be part of the discussion to the i am favoring this step.
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Feb 13, 2011 12:30pm PST
we made it to the american people. >> president obama tries to patch things up with big business. >> if you are trying to decide whether to invest or expand, you don't know what is coming at you. >> two more senators decide to pack it in, jim webb and jon kyl. and congressman resigns. a warning in the digital age. the honor of the redskins says he has beeee smeared and slandered. he is suing. >> frog is wrong and that is what it is all about. -- wrong is wrong and that's what it's all about. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> mubarak steps down, and power to the egyptian military. what happens next? we don't know for sure. nobody knows for sure the scene in tahrir square after the announcement was made -- people were absolutely overjoyed at the news. mubarak was still in power as of early friday morning. he had moved to shamr el-sheikh, but he finally got the message and stepped down. apparently what he did was extra constitutional. he handed it over to the military. i don't know what this means. what is next for the egyptian people? who can say,
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Feb 20, 2011 12:30pm PST
we will see when we get down to the big issue of the entitlements. obama is right to -- on the continuing resolution. but then when we resolve that issue -- and i think we will resolve it in some way -- then you have to buy nature get to entitlements. >> you can have a debate -- >> they know it. they are starting to acknowledge it. >> the president said the republicans' cuts are too deep and it threatens a veto. >> let's use a scalpel. >> house speaker john boehner says if the president does not cut deeply, republicans will. >> for the last two years since the president has taken off as the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. and if some of those jobs are lost in it, so be it. we are broke. >> so what? >> they are fighting over this 12%. it the whole game is elsewhere. but like the two political parties -- both the republicans and democrats, while the rest of the country is saying we have a problem with the dead but the two political parties -- >> they are fretting about -- >> maybe they will get to it but they did not show -- >> they are writing about subsid
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Feb 18, 2011 10:00pm PST
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Feb 14, 2011 5:30pm PST
. she asked president barack obama to do more to support the palestinian cause. this is another side ofofhe crackdown on opposition in syria. >> and big debt problems in communities across germany. the debt has risen dramatically. despite an economic rebound, and german towns and cities broad anfar wer revenu las year and then they spent. it rose to nearly 10 billion euros, the largest in post-war history. >> like many other cities in germany, frankfurt is struggling to make ends meet. the economy is booming but spending is on the rise. basic social costs are a heavy burden. >> let's take a look at my city. our basic social spending was 19 million euros in 2010. it was 27.5 million euros in 2005. >> off and cultural services are the first to go. >> in recent yearswe had to close theaters. there even discussion about closing the museum. so the cost-cutting measures are getting tougher. municipalities are raisingq locl fees to increase revenues. and even the dogs tax is set to increase. there is a summary from the frankfurt stock exexange. fuel demand for german stocks, for example, th
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Feb 25, 2011 10:00pm PST
washington today, president obama sat down with a number of democratic governors, who later commented on the government versus union battles across the nation. >> whatever wisconsin or these other states can do to get back into the game of creating jobs instead of fighting or belittling their public employees i think is a good step. >> woodruff: the governors will remain in washington through the weekend. and joining us now to discuss the current disputes over public employees and fiscal challenges sweeping the states, republican governor mitch daniels of indiana and democratic governor brian schweitzer of montana. gentlemen, thank you both for being with us. and i just want to point out the sling, governor daniels, is not because he's been in a tussle with democrats, you had shoulder surgery recently. >> it's a sympathy ploy, i thought you might take it easy on me. >> woodruff: governor, let me begin with you on this showdown in wisconsin and your state of indiana. you've been very critical of public workers, you use the term privileged elite. you've said that while others
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Feb 21, 2011 11:00pm PST
of tripoli. the obama administration has condemned the government's use of lethal force. earlier today, the deputy ambassador of libya's mission to the united nations renounced colonel qaddafi calling on them to step down and leave the country. joining me now are professor dirk vandewalle of dartmouth college and barbara plett of the british broadcasting corporation. professor, let me go to you first, tell me where youhink things are at 5:00 p.m. on monday. >> i think at this point we are at kind of a crucial phase. it seems the demonstrations have started to take place in tripoli and tripoli in many ways is in a sense the big prize. green square in tripoli is really the symbol of qaddafi's revolution. it's where he holds his annual parades. it's where three days ago he still walked around to prove thaefs still in charge. and my hunch is that if indeed these demonstrations continue, particularly around green square but extend beyond tripoli as well and that the kind of fighting we've seen continues, that this may very well be the crucial 48 hours ahead of us that will decide whet
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Feb 11, 2011 5:30pm PST
get mat government acceptable to the people. >> woodruff: in washington, president obama got the news about mubarak as he was having a meeting in the oval office. later, he emerged to say egyptians have inspired the world with the mor force of non-violence and peaceful change. >> the people of egypt have spoken. their voices have been heard and egypt will never be the same. by stepping down president mubarak responded to the egyptian people's hunger for change. but this is not the end of egypt's transition. it's the beginning. i'm sure there will be difficult days ahead. and many questions remain unanswered. but i am confident that the people of egypt can find the answers. the word tahrir means liberation. it is a word that speaks to that something in our souls that cries out for freedom. and forever more it will remind us of the egyptian people, of what they did, of the things that they stood for, and how they changed their country and in doing so, changed the world. >> lehrer: the joyful scenes in egypt quickly spread across the middle east and around the world. in beirut, lebanon,
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Feb 10, 2011 11:00pm PST
interesting to me, too, is it seems to me this administration in washington, president obama, clearly with the talents he has should be able to explain... >> this is obama's story! >> rose:... that we're on the side of history here and that our commitment is to egypt. we're not abandoning a person, we are supporting a country. >> and, by the way, the people here have made that choice. and i feel they've rendered that judgment. >> rose: what about israel? you were there. how do they see this and you have written that prime minister netanyahu needs to have a moment in which he gets on the right side of this? what does netanyahu do? >> well, first of all, i have a lot of sympathy and understanding for the israeli's view of strategic situation. they've had peace with egypt for 30 years, they abided by the treaty. >> rose: it's been the cornerstone of their policy. >> i think the challenge for israel is going to be the fact that it won't... it will no longer be able to have piece with one man. it will have to be with 80 million people. now i think the implications of that, what the israeli
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Feb 1, 2011 10:00pm PST
obama administration has it correct here. i think they understand from the get-go they've understood exactly what our goals are. wu we also have other interests. we need to be sensitive to them. egypt was a critical player in the peace process of the middle east. we don't want a catastrophic failure of prevention on the gaza strip and on the border with egypt. we don't want radical movement of one kind or another to fill any vacuum. we don't want to send a message to friends that we don't understand those kinds of sensitivities. so i think the key here has been to make clear that we understand and are sympathetic to and supportive of the aspirations of the people of egypt, that we know there's a need for change. but to make it responsible change. change that can be affected with accountability and transparency and ultimately hopefully with an outcome that permits the aspirations the people are expressing in the street to actually be fulfilled, to be worked on, to be advanced. that's the key here. and it's a tricky line but i think the administration is working it well. >> suarez: at
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Feb 2, 2011 11:00pm PST
the obama administration trying to catch up with events. >> charlie: we conclude with bill keillor executive editor of "the new york times" talking about wikileaks and events in egypt. >> it's has some immediate impact and to the extent that what's happening in the streets of egypt, many of the egyptians say they were inspired by what happened in tunisia and had a second -- secondary effect. >> charlie: our conversation with annette benning will be shown next week. wikileaks, next. maybe you want school kids to have more exposure to the arts. maybe you want to provide meals for the needy. or maybe you want to help when the unexpected happens. whatever you want to do, members project from american express can help you take the first step. vote, volunteer, or donate for the causes you believe in at membersproject.com. take charge of making a difference. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> charlie: in egypt today there was a dramatic turn of events when demonstrations turned violent, some of them riding camels and hor
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Feb 11, 2011 9:00pm PST
president obama. i think he's done a very good job of building a broad international coalition, and for the first time, i think we're seeing signs that it's having an impact on the iranian regime and the iranian economy. we're seeing gasoline sales drop by 90% in a year. we're seeing $60 billion dollars in energy investments frozen. we're seeing scores of international energy companies and banks and insurance companies pulling away from iran. it is having a significant impact. and at the same time, we're seeing a green movement, which though was brutally crushed last year, it's still part of the fabric of iranian society. it's in every corner of iranian society. it has gone underground, but it is still robust. and it's the only thing that has rattled this regime so far. so, by combining sanctions, economic sanctions, with moral sanctions that support the human rights movement in iran, i think we've got a better than average shot. >> gary, picking up on your earlier metaphor, are sanctions against iran the "do good" kind or the "feel good" kind? >> well, they're firstly and foremost
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Feb 19, 2011 12:00pm PST
obama unveiled his proposed 2012 budget. his goals are cutting the deficit and stimulating job growth. in a one-on-one interview with white house senior advisor valerie jarrett, she says america's place in the global economy is also paramount. >> we want to be able to out innovate, out educate, out build the rest of the world. our competitions no longer here between democrats and republicans. our real competition is global. the president says, let's get rid of programs that don't work also invest in the future. and what's the biggest impact on women, children, families, the biggest single impact in your view of the president's budget? >> as you know i chair the white house council on women and girls, it was created by president obama to make sure that every single federal agency was focusing on what it could do to improve the lives of women and girls. the president's budget in every department touches the lives of women and girls so there isn't a single impact, it's everything from investing in early childhood education to investing in family planning, childhood nutrition, you name it
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Feb 14, 2011 10:00pm PST
obama submitted a $3.7 trillion budget for fiscal year 2012. it shrinks some government programs while increasing spending on others. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. on the newshour tonight, we talk to white house budget director jack lew and ohio republican senator rob portman about cuts, taxes, and the political battles ahead. >> ifill: then, margaret warner, just back from cairo, helps us look at the role social media and mainstream media played in the egypt uprising. >> brown: and we report on a battle that pits human champions against a machine. our science correspondent took the challenge. >> i'm miles o'brien. i just played jeopardy against a very smart computer. it was great for the computer. i'll tell you about artificial intelligence and the pursuit of language understanding. for machines. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: breathe in. breathe out. as volatile as markets have been lately having the security of a strong financial partner certainly lets you breathe easier. for more than 140 years, pa
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Feb 2, 2011 5:30pm PST
in and around the city in the last week. president obama signed documents to implement the "new start" treaty today. the nuclear arms agreement with russia will limits each country's number of strategic warheads. it also allows the two sides to resume inspecting each others' nuclear arsenals. the treaty will be finalized this weekend when secretary of state clinton and the russian foreign minister exchange ratification documents. the environmental protection agency has announced plans to regulate perchlorate in drinking water. the toxic chemical is found in rocket fuel, fireworks and explosives. it's been linked to thyroid problems in pregnant women and young children. e.p.a. administrator lisa jackson laid out the agency's plans at a senate hearing today. >> it's about protecting the health of the between five million and 17 million americans that have perchlorate in the water that they drink. as we look at our regulations for perchlorate, we will look at the feasibility and affordability of treatment systems, the costs and the benefits of potential standards, and of course, we
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